2013 OTR Reading Program

Fresh Ideas!


Updated: May 2014

Ackroyd, Pater:  Venice – Pure City (Moved to 2015)

Bryson, Bill: A Short History of Nearly Everything (Read)

Countess of Carnarvon:  Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy (Moved to 2014)

Esdaile, Charles: Napoleon’s Wars (Moved to 2015)

Farquhar, Michael: Behind the Palace Doors: Five Centuries of Sex, Adventure, Vice (Read)

Hemingway, Ernest: A Moveable Feast (Moved to 2014)

Jenkins, Philip: The Lost History of Christianity (Moved to 2015)

Lisle, Laurie: Portrait of an Artist – A Biography of Georgia O’Keeffe (Read)

Massie, Robert: Catherine the Great, Robert Massie (Moved to 2015)

McCullough, David: The Greater Journey – Americans in Paris (Read)

Millard, Candice: Destiny of the Republic (Moved to 2015)

Mueller, Tom: Extra Virginity – The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil (Read)

Nasar, Sylvia:  Grand Pursuit (Moved to 2014)

Pollan, Michael: The Omnivore’s Dilemma – A Natural History of 4 Meals (Moved to 2015)

Schultz, Ellen E: Retirement Heist (Read)

Siler, Julia Flynn: Lost Kingdom: Hawaii’s Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America’s First Imperial Adventure (Read)

Souder, William: On a Farther Shore – The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson (Moved to 2014)

Timson, David: The History of Theatre (Moved to 2014)

Just in – January 14, 2013

Hitchens, Christopher: Arguably – Essays (Ongoing)

Update May 1, 2013

Boo, Katherine: Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death, and hope in a Munbai undercity (Moved to 2015)

Milford, Nancy: Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay (Moved to 2014)


16 Replies to “2013 OTR Reading Program”

  1. I’ve read Bryson’s History of Nearly Everything, and loved it. In typical Bryson fashion, he made difficult topics easily understood … and funny. And making some of these topics funny is no easy task. Great addition to the list.


    1. My next door neighbor told me that I must have a Bryson on my 2013 list… Your comments confirm that I made a good choice. Thank you.


  2. I have just been given “the Countees of Carnarvon” as I adore Downton Abbey 🙂 Can’t wait to start it…


    1. How wonderful!! I will be following your blog for updates. Thank you for stopping by for a visit. Your comments are very much appreciated!!


  3. Yes, Rebecca : “so many books, so little time!”. But, we must to live many years ! 🙂
    Very inspired list !


  4. A very intriguing list of books, authors both known and unknown to me. And so good to see the late Christopher Hitchens mentioned at the end. I havent yet his Arguably – Essays but will track this down. Thank you for the recommend 🙂


    1. Arguably is a very, very big book! As you probably already know, it is an compilation of his essays so I will be able to read it in several sitting. It is not enough to read Christoper – you must think as you go along. I imagine that Arguably will span a couple of years. Your visit and comments are very much appreciated!!


      1. Thank you so much for sharing. My 2011 reading list included Hitch22, a wonderful memoir which gave great insight into his thoughts and motivations. He was honest and able to openly and compassionately discuss the dynamics of the human condition. I enjoyed his debates and admired the confidence the had in his positions.


      2. Oh yes I’ve heard wonderful reviews of Hitch 22,
        I met him once in after a seminar he gave in Cambridge, England. That was profoundly uplifting as he presented the human condition, with compassion… and an unforgettable boyish sense of humour.


  5. Looks good! Have you decided the order and the months you’ll be reading those books?
    I have so many books saved for when I retire (already underway for some time now) that I don’t think I’ll be able to get through them all before I die. And I keep buying more. Sigh. Seven real books are in process are piled next to my place at the table, and more are on the Kindle. So many books, so little time.


    1. Ah…so many books, so little time! I must confess that I will be hard pressed to finish all these book within a year. There is no special order – I’m embracing a flexible approach. Thank you so much for stopping by for a visit! It is good to find another kindred spirit along the way…


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